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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translated by Yogi Kalinath - Chapter 2, Verse 36


Pada 2, Sutra 36

Sanskrit Verse

Satya-pratisthaayaam kriyaa-phalaashrayatvam

Translation

Upon being established in truth, the Yogin’s words comes to fruition.

Interpretation

‘There is no religion higher than truth’ is the motto of the Theosophical Society and is indeed the essence of Sanatana Dharma, the Perennial Philosophy and hence the central theme of the Vedas. In fact it is said that Rta, the Universal Order results from Satya or Truth as it regulates and enables the operations of the Universe and everything in it.

As we are a reflection and an integral part of the Universe (Tatvam Asi or Thou Art That), Satya includes action and speech that is factual, real, true and reverent (towards the Universe). Satya as a concept is way beyond concerns with white lies and petty lies. Rather are we living in illusion in our mind and/or do we distort reality to suit ourselves and our illusions?

Another aspect of Satya which is living our truth from a higher perspective is being aligned to, embodying and living our Swadharma being our Life Purpose. Swadharma (and a good thing to know if you are unsure about what your Life Purpose is) includes our intrinsic nature, authentic attributes, inclinations and potentials. Ultimately it is: Be Authentic no matter what! As the Gita tell us: ‘It is better to do one’s own dharma, even though imperfectly, than to do another’s dharma, even though perfectly. By doing one’s innate duties, a person does not incur sin.’ This is living in Truth.

Reflection

When our Consciousness is established in Truth (that there is no self but the Self) and our speech is purely based on Truth, then our words become true and a blessing to all.